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Bonzo Dog Band, The

The Bonzo Dog Band, billed as The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band on their earliest singles and first album (and also known as The Bonzo Dog Dada Band), was founded in 1962 by a group of art students including Vivian Stanshall (1943-1995) and joined in 1963 by Neil Innes (1944-2019). They combined various musical styles with surreal Humour anticipating Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969-1974); the band received ...

Willmot, Eric

(1938-2014) Australian author whose Near Future sf novel, Below the Line (1991), describes the consequences of an Indonesian Invasion: Australia is broken into two Dystopias, as most Australians view this outcome, and run on Asian rules. The narrative itself expresses relatively little alarm – Willmot was of Aboriginal birth – and the ending is optimistic. [JC]

Allan, Angus P

(1936-2007) UK comic strip writer, magazine editor and author of two novel Ties; also credited as Angus Allan. Thunderbirds Are Go (1966) novelizes the Thunderbirds film Thunderbirds Are Go (1966); Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future (1977) is a mediocre tie to the famous Eagle space-adventure Comic strip ...

Koster, Raph

(1971-    ) US Game designer who has primarily worked on persistent Online Worlds. Koster's first major contributions were made to the free-to-play Heroic Fantasy Multi User Dungeon LegendMUD (1994 Mainframe, Net), of which he was one of the designers. He was later hired as lead designer for Ultima Online (1997), ...

Herbert, William

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of The World Grown Young: Being a Brief Record of Reforms Carried Out from 1894-1914 by the Late Mr Philip Adams, Millionaire and Philanthropist (1892), a placidly tendentious record of Near-Future reforms imposed benevolently from above upon a grateful UK by its richest citizen. Attacks by Russia and the USA are routinely defeated. [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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